Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island

August 26 – 27, 2020

Our campground was on the west side of Somes Sound, the fjord that splits Mount Desert Island. Our campsite “with water and mountain views” was not the greatest, but we didn’t spend too much time there. As I told someone upon our arrival, “We have a peek a boo view of Somes Sound and the mountains. Surrounded by babies and dogs from Massachusetts.” All very friendly.

We spent a day driving the Acadia Loop Road. We hoped to hike at the Bubbles or elsewhere, but there was a large amount of traffic, and parking was scarce in the most popular places. Unfortunately, the explorer buses did not run in 2020. Our first stop was the summit of Mount Cadillac with its spectacular views.

Looking East to Schoodic Peninsula
Looking northeast
South towards Otter Cove
Looking southwest
Looking northeast to the mainland
Looking north, and yes, Katahdin is out there somewhere.

The loop road runs clockwise around the eastern part of Acadia National Park. We headed south and stopped at Otter Point for lunch. We walked along the rocks along Otter Cliff.

Looking east towards Schoodic Point
Great Head on the eastern side of Mt Desert Island
Winter Harbor Light on Mark Island
The causeway crossing Otter Cove that we had seen from Mount Cadillac

Fortunately Anne had told us about a little known area of the national park, the former location of George Dorr’s House on Compass Harbor. He is known as the father of Acadia National Park, being instrumental in its creation and serving as the superintendent of the Park from its formation to his death. It is a lovely coastal walk.

The Dorr House built in 1878-80 and razed in 1951. George Dorr died in 1944 at age 90.
Compass Cove
Is there a face in there?

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